US ban on fish imports…decision a “big blow” to local industry – Public Health DirectorA recent ban imposed on the export of all Siluriformes fish and fish products (catfish species) from Guyana could have a significant impact on local fishers, but the Private Sector Commission (PSC) believes this matter could be addressed if companies work along with Government to ensure that the ban is lifted.PSC President Eddie Boyer claimed that there was some discussion on the issue when it was brought to his attention that some containers of fish were rejected by the United States authority. He said the failure of these exporters to meet the requirements may have triggered the imposition of this ban. “I would imagine that the exporters would try to resolve this as early as possible, bearing the fact thatPSC Chairman Eddie Boyerthese bans happen from time to time. And we have to work quickly to resolve it – Government, private companies that are exporting because it is not something that has not happened before,” he stated. However, a private fishing company owner told Guyana Times that the issue that must be looked into was what caused the ban to be imposed. According to the businessperson who asked not to be named, the Agriculture Ministry, which has responsibility for the fisheries sector, should have ensured quality assurance. Chief Fisheries Officer Denzil Roberts told sections of the media that the ban was imposed after it was found that the local Siluriformes fish and fish products’ inspection system was not equivalent to the US inspection system. Roberts was also able to confirm that the Veterinary Public Health Unit of the Public Health Ministry was not able to satisfy the requirements demanded by the US.Guyana was unable to comply with several US conditions mainly due to factors such as modification of inspection procedures and outdated regulations, including those governing fisheries products, which Guyana is in the process of revising. The Health and Agriculture Ministries have general oversight and responsibility forVeterinary Public Health Unit Director, Dr Ozaye Dodsonthe sector and monitor and verify the quality of products.The businessman contended that the Government should have known long before that these systems needed to be updated and improved, because compliance was a major issue when it came to exports to the US. He maintained that the Government erred in a major way by not preparing these companies to comply with the standards set out by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).Roberts told the media that the Ministry was now working on “trying to fix these deficiencies”, by modifying the Inspection Procedures manual and the regulations among other things. The Fisheries Department and the Veterinary Public Health Unit are working together on this.Although describing the ban as a “big blow,” Veterinary Public Health Unit Director, Dr Ozaye Dodson has said that the imposition from the US export market was just a temporary technical barrier to trade. Dr Dodson said the move by the USDA was a “protectionist measure” by that country’s public health system lobbied for by theChief Fisheries Officer Denzil Robertscatfish farmers who have invested heavily to develop the industry there.Guyana’s Veterinary Public Health Unit has been mandated under the 2002 Fisheries Act and the Fish and Fishery Product Regulations of 2003 with guidance of the inspections manual to monitor, inspect and certify vessels, landing sites, fish processing establishments and fishery products for the local and export markets.Dr Dodson said there were daily inspections and certification of the catfish products to guarantee their “wholesomeness for human consumption”.The US Food Safety Inspection Services (FSIS) asked Guyana to provide the relevant documentation to verify this country’s inspection system equivalence to the US standards or its equivalent public health system. Dr Dodson claimed that Guyana complied with the request.However, the country fell short of the US standards in three areas: firstly, on the issue of the presence of inspectors; secondly, there was insufficient documentation detailing verification of each step in the sanitation and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) process and thirdly, there was insufficient documentation specifying how the industry manages adulterated catfish products.New US standards for import of catfish species demand the presence of inspectors at plants for one hour during an eight-hour shift. Dr Dodson explained that Guyana’s inspection system utilised a “risk-based approach”, which is a European Union (EU) standard.Guyana was among several countries banned recently from the US catfish export sector. The other countries were Bangladesh, Canada, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Mexico, Myanmar, Nigeria, and Pakistan.
This is the amazing moment which captures nature in all its sometimes cruel glory.Donegal photographer John Rafferty was preparing to go out when he heard a commotion outside his Burtonport home.John has captured many amazing images over the years but this one just flew into his lap! Luckily he had his camera close by to capture these stunning pictures of a Sparrowhawk preying on one of his chickens.The chicken was too heavy to carry away so the hawk devoured the chicken – in front of John.John said it was an amazing incident to witness – a fact borne out by his graphic images. THE CRUEL SIDE OF NATURE CAUGHT BRILLIANTLY BY DONEGAL PHOTOGRAPHER was last modified: August 19th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:burtonportJohn RaffertySparrowhawk
Chinese company Lenovo on Tuesday launched its new lower mid-range 4G-capable smartphone aka the Vibe K5 Plus in India at a price of Rs 8,499. The phone will be exclusively available through open sales on Flipkart from March 23.The Vibe K5 Plus was first unveiled (along with another phone, the Vibe K5) at the recently concluded MWC 2016 event in Barcelona, Spain.In terms of specifications, the Vibe K5 Plus comes with a 5-inch FullHD IPS display with a 1080×1920 pixels resolution which roughly translates to 441ppi pixel density. The phone is powered by a 1.5GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 processor coupled with 2GB RAM and 16GB of internal memory which is further expandable by up to 32GB via microSD card slot.The dualSIM phone runs Android 5.1 Lollipop-based Vibe UI and supports 4G LTE connectivity and Dolby audio technology. It sports a 13-megapixel camera on the rear with autofocus and single LED flash. There’s also a 5-megapixel front-facing camera.The Vibe K5 Plus is backed by a 2,750mAh battery which is user-replaceable.The phone sports a premium metal build and will compete with the recently launched Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 and LeEco’s Le 1S. The aforementioned phones come with full-metal unibody as well but also include rear-mounted fingerprint scanners. That’s not all; both the phones are also better equipped in hardware with potent processors and greater RAM. They also have bigger batteries in comparison.Lenovo’s new phone is being pitched by the company as a multimedia device primarily. Technologies like Dolby audio and TheatreMax (recently seen in the Vibe K4 Note) have been put in to accentuate this aspect.advertisementIt would be interesting to see how the Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus fares against the Redmi Note 3 and the Le 1S. At the same time, Motorola Moto G Turbo’ s almost stock Android feel cannot be taken for granted. It would be a tough road ahead for the Vibe K5 Note but Lenovo phones have done well in India. Lenovo says one of the biggest differentiators of the Vibe K5 Plus is that it supports 4G on both SIMs and a microSD card slot separately.The Vibe K5 Plus will be available in the colours Gold, Grey and Silver.Although the Vibe K5 Plus lacks a compelling wow feature in comparison to rival phones in and around this price point, it seems to be a well-built phone (at least in first impressions) especially for the price that it commands. Watch this space for our full review of the Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus.